Landslides in high-risk areas possible

Landslides in high-risk areas possible

MONITORING WATER LEVELS. Jerry Bionat, executive director of the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council, monitors the water level of Iloilo’s major river systems using the early warning and monitoring system. None of the major rivers overflowed despite the heavy downpour since the weekend. (Photo by Tara Yap)

 

By Tara Yap

RESIDENTS living in or along mountainous areas in the province of Iloilo were told to watch out for landslides.

According to Jerry Bionat, executive director of the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council, five days of heavy rains may possibly cause landslides.

“They have to be vigilant of their surroundings,” Bionat said.

Residents living near mountain ranges in the towns of Alimodian, Calinog, Janiuay, Igbaras, Lambunao, Leon, Maasin, San Joaquin, and Tubungan are warned to be extra careful.

Bionat explained that unlike in June 2008 when Typhoon Frank struck, the problem is no longer about flooding.

Bionat credited the Iloilo Flood Control Project to have eased the overflowing of river systems, particularly in Tigum and Aganan rivers.

He explained that Tigum and Aganan Rivers, which intersects Iloilo City and the towns of Alimodian, Cabatuan, Leon, Maasin, Oton, Pavia, San Miguel, and Santa Barbara, did not overflow.

“If there is no floodway, the district of Jaro could have easily been submerged by now,” Bionat said.

Bionat and his team visited central towns of Iloilo to check the situation and none of the major river systems overflowed despite the heavy downpour since the weekend.

Bionat also noted that the Jalaur River, which intersects Calinog all the way to Tigbauan, did not overflow. It would only be a problem if the water level reached to four meters, which would be very critical.

Residents in high risk areas are urged to be alert at all times and watch out for their own safety.

“When they know that their lives could be in danger, they should put their families and animals into safety,” Bionat added.

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